Formula One returns to Mexico in 2015 after more than two decades. The race will be held once again at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and the race organizer, live events firm CIE, says it has a signed a five-year contract. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone confirmed the news and said the deal would "benefit both for many years".
While it’s good to see another North American event on the calendar, it means we’re unlikely to see an F1 race held in New Jersey anytime soon. There’s been no mention if any current locations will be dropped from the 2015 F1 calendar, but it’s more likely we’ll see the number of races increase from the current 19 to 20 next year. This year saw the Korean Grand Prix and Indian Grand Prix both axed.
F1 has been gaining popularity in Mexico in recent years, with the country having two drivers currently racing in the sport: Force India’s Sergio Perez and Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez. The first Mexican Grand Prix was hosted in 1963 and the race remained a fixture for the next seven years. The race then returned to the calendar in 1986 and a further six races were hosted until F1 finally left the country.
The final race was won by Williams’ Nigel Mansell, who went on to win the season. The race also saw a young Michael Schumacher, driving for Benetton, stand on the podium for the first time. He finished third._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.